The largest LGBTQIA+ entertainment organization in the world just announced its second annual television festival, The OutFronts, and the lineup confirms the festival’s reputation as the mecca for queer TV lovers.
Outfest is a non-profit devoted to promoting LGBTQIA+ media. The festival grew out of a grass roots movement to alter the movie industry’s rigid view of queer people. In 2004, a group of alumni filmmakers sought to highlight more humanized portrayals of LGBTQIA+ characters. Thus, the Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival was born.
Now, the festival continues to grow in popularity. Located in Los Angeles, it serves as the mecca for queer cinephiles across the country. OutFronts will present a mix of both virtual and in-person panels. IMDB, the most trusted source for all things movies, will be the presenting sponsor.
The many films and TV shows spotlighted during the four-day festival include "Chucky", "Love, Victor", "Queer as Folk", "Motherland: Fort Salem", "Gentleman Jack", "Yellowjackets", "Sort Of", "The Sex Lives College Girls", "RuPaul’s Drag Race", "Harlem", "The Wilds", "Tom Swift", High School Musical: Musical, and many more.
“It’s inspiring to know that one festival couldn’t possibly cover all the wonderful LGBTQIA+ stories being told on television today,” said Outfest’s Director of Festival Programming, Mike Dougherty.
“The OutFronts by no means represents an exhaustive account of all that is queer in TV, but they do gather a multitude of brilliantly talented queer artists and allies whose diversity of perspective and experience are on full display in these funny, entertaining, and emotional conversations. I can’t wait to share them with the world.”
“After a record-breaking inaugural year in which we saw nearly 70,000 participants and fans attend our digital event from as far as London, Brazil and Des Moines, Iowa - we are excited to offer opportunities to come together in person and still provide the same high-level digital experience as last year," said Outfest Executive Director, Damien S. Navarro.
The most popular queer TV shows will take center stage. The cast of Love, Victor will hold a discussion on the show’s third and final season. The season will delve deeper into Victor’s wants and desires beyond the often superficial character development in other teen dramas. The young actors will discuss the end of our journey with Victor as well as the show’s lasting legacy.
In contrast, Chucky is a far different coming-of-age show. In its first season, the series surprised viewers with its blend of queer puppy love and twisted horror. The cast will join together to discuss what Chucky represents for the future of horror.
Other shows like Harlem will appeal to an older audience of young adults. The cast of the hit series will talk about the show’s college-aged friend group, spotlighting the queer tech entrepreneur Tye, a role played by Jerrie Johnson.
Of course, the festival would be remiss if they didn't include Rupaul’s Drag Race. Two of the top five queens will discuss their journey from androgynous boys to the opportunity of a lifetime on one of the most timeless queer TV shows.
You can view panel discussions FREE of charge online and via OutMuseum. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets here!